In traffic jam, resident sees hope for Karachi

Published: March 7, 2013
Karachi traffic situation. PHOTO: BILAL Z KHAN

Karachi traffic situation. PHOTO: BILAL Z KHAN


A resident, Sahar Taher Khan, was stuck in a traffic jam near Baloch Colony when she found hope in a city that sees far too many shutdowns. Here is how she narrated her experience:

While stuck in a 30 minute traffic jam near Baloch Colony and feeling sorry for myself and my countrymen, I spotted a sight that reminded me that this city has not yet been beaten. Amidst the chaos, the lone traffic policeman managing the large intersection completely broke down. Defeated, he retired to the sidewalk, dodging honking cars on his way.

A twenty-something kid in a faded, Metallica T-shirt on a bike next to me yelled out “Chalo!”. He seemed to be signalling an invisible army of vagabonds. To my surprise, within a minute, a bunch of kids, whom I had previously misjudged, got off their motorcycles and ran over to the policeman. The kids lifted him up, dusted him off and began directing traffic alongside him.

Before long, the passageways were being created for ambulances to pass through, motorcycles were picking up pedestrians – a lot of people were waiting for buses, but unfortunately they weren’t stopping. The cars were moving slowly and the drivers were rolling down their windows, thanking the brave young boys.

Karachi, you are not lost – there is still much to cherish and much to save. I just wish more civilians would volunteer their time to making a positive change (no matter how small) versus sitting back and cribbing about the situation. Here’s to those who continue to give us hope.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 7th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • kalia
    Mar 7, 2013 - 10:54AM

    loved it…. pakistanis! never give up!!!!


  • Omair
    Mar 7, 2013 - 11:04AM

    I love you Pakistan…ppl like these make us proud…we should not lose hope and fight against bad people…


  • Mar 7, 2013 - 11:04AM

    Zindabad !


  • GhostRider
    Mar 7, 2013 - 12:46PM

    It in our genes…they day people write us off..we produce a magical surprise to stun them…just like our cricket team


  • Ali Zaid
    Mar 7, 2013 - 2:27PM

    Touching. Much to be learnt from such great stories.


  • anon
    Mar 7, 2013 - 3:20PM

    See this is what we Pakistani’s are capable of if we put our potential to correct use.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 8, 2013 - 1:26AM

    hope is still alive geo karachi.


  • M
    Mar 8, 2013 - 5:05AM

    Karachi is lost, there are fewer boys like that in that city than they are people like you who watch them and comment on it, maybe if you tried helping out you would not feel so sorry for yourself or this city


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